Declan Gibbons reports from Corrib, where Storm Ellen and rising water levels hampered anglers, but good sport was had by those who did get out during weather windows.

Starting off in the Cornamona area Richard Molloy of Ballard Shore Boat Hire & Self Catering (087-2879339) hosted Cork anglers Billy Kavanagh and Kevin Willis who landed 2 trout in the Dooras area on Saturday – best fish being 2.75 lbs. On Sunday they had 3 fish in the Annaghkeen area with the best fish 1.75lbs, all on wets.

Staying in the Cornamona area John Somerville Jnr had 5 fish on wet mays and daddies with the best fish being 2.5lbs.

Moving to the Cong area: It was the first time dapping for young James Rochford and he landed himself a fine trout of 4lbs whilst being guided by Frank Costello of Ashford Bay Boat Hire & Guiding Cong Angling Club member Paul Byrne from Dublin along with friends Mark Ryan & Barry landed a beautiful trout 10Lbs+ whilst trolling roach and he sportingly released it back into Lough Corrib. #CPRSavesFish.


Angler in boat on lake holding a very large trout.
Paul Byrne with his fantastic corrib trout, which was sportingly released. #CPRSavesFish


In the Oughterard area Basil Shiels of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reported on young Kerry angler Ollie Lynch landing 8 fish on wets on Friday last in the Corrib View area – best fish 52cms. Michael Gallagher had 6 fish on wets with the best being 47cms. PJ Dornan had 1 fish of 42cms on wet fly. Rory Stewart had 6 fish on wets – best fish 2lbs. Declan Keogh had 2 fish on wets – best fish 45cms.


Angler in boat on lake holding trout
Richard Gibbons with a fine 4lbs 6oz trout taken on wetfly in the Golden Bay area.


Staying in the Oughterard area brothers Kevin & Eamon Molloy  had 3 fish on wets on Sunday, with Eamon landing the best of the 3 at 3.5lbs.

Galway angler Harold O’Toole on Sunday had 4 fish on wet sedge patterns in the Fly Island area with the best fish being 2.5lbs.

In the Greenfields area The Shane Fanning Memorial Cup took place on Sunday on a Catch Photo Release basis with two categories – Longest Overall Length and Longest Fish. 19 anglers had 38 fish over the minimum 13 inch size limit. In 1st place was Darren Duffy with 5 fish for 80 inches. 2nd place went to Paddy Fitzgerald with 4 fish for 74 inches, and in 3rd place was John McGuire with 3 fish for 57 inches. The Longest Fish prize was for a trout of 23 inches, won by Paddy Fitzgerald.